Obesity is mostly seen as a modern lifestyle-induced ailment. But interestingly, Ayurveda has the most effective treatment for obesity, demonstrating how adaptive this ancient science is.
For Ayurveda, obesity is Medarog. It is also mentioned in the scriptures that Medarog is caused by the aggravation of Kapha, which is dense, heavy, slow, sticky, wet and cold in nature. Kapha provides the natural lubrication for the body system besides playing an active role in controlling weight and formation of all the seven tissues – nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues.
Cause of Obesity
In a balanced ideal condition, Kapha is involved in providing nourishment to tissues. But once out of proportion, Kapha becomes the reason for increased toxin level in the body. Toxins, thus created are heavy and dense and they clog the weaker channels of the body.
The situation is more serious in the case of obese persons. In their bodies, the toxins accumulate in Medovahi Srotas (fat channels), thus causing a surge in the production of fat tissue (Meda Dhatu). These fat tissues are the main reason for persons putting on weight.
The Ayurveda Way
Ayurveda addresses the issue of obesity with the pacification of Kapha Dosha or malfunctioning of Kapha.Initially, this starts with the elimination of Kapha-aggravating foods from the diet. This is followed by cleansing of the Medovahi channels, using specially prepared medicines and herbs. This will eventually lead to the excess weight being reduced.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
Reduce high carbohydrates like polished rice and potato.
Reduce the intake of oily and fried foods, processed foods, fatty foods like butter, cheese, whole-milk yogurt, cream, chocolate, etc.
Include more bitter vegetables like bitter gourd and the bitter variety of drumsticks in the diet.
Replace refined flour with whole-wheat flour and rice with brown rice or parboiled rice.
Increase intake of fruits, salads and vegetables.
Finally, some simple lifestyle changes can bring about a huge difference in obesity.
There are some home remedies, which can be tried without any extra effort like taking mint tea or using a paste of green mint with some simple spice along with meals or taking a tablespoon of honey in warm water daily. Honey in warm water with a dash of lemon can be taken many times during the day in regular intervals. All these are simple but effective steps to fight back obesity.